Virginia Commonwealth Games
Scholastic & Open Chess Championship

Dates:  Saturday, July 28, 2018

Time:  10AM – 8PM
Doors open at 7:30 - 9:15 AM for on-site Registration.

Fee(s):  $25 per player if registered by July 24th, increases to $35 after July 24th.

Location:  Liberty University, Demoss Hall 4162

Division(s):  The tournament is organized into three (3) Divisions:  Scholastic K-5, Scholastic 6-12, and Open. 
  • The Scholastic Sections are for school-age players in grades pre-school through High School.  Experienced Scholastic Players with an actual  Chess Rating over 1200 may find a greater challenge in the Open Section.  US Chess Federation Membership is not required in either Scholastic Section.
  • The Open Section is intended for experienced players regardless of age.  Adult beginners can only play in the Open Section. US Chess Federation Membership is REQUIRED
Registration Deadline:  Online Registration ends at midnight, Thursday July 26th.  On site Registration is open on Saturday, July 28 from 7:30-9AM.

General Information:  Chess Sets and boards will be provided, but players can use their own.  Players should bring their own Chess Clocks, pens and pencils if they have them.  A Chess Clock is not required, but is strongly recommended.  There will not be a Chess vendor on site.
Please check the hotels page for a list of partnered hotels that offer special rates for
Virginia Commonwealth Games participants.


Competition Format:  4 Rounds, Swiss System.  This is not an elimination tournament, every player plays 4 games!

  • Time Control for both Scholastic Sections is Game 40 for all 4 rounds.
  • Time Control for the Open Section is Game 45 for Rounds 1 and 2, and Game 60 for Rounds 3 and 4.
  • All sections will observe a 5-second time delay per move.
  • “Game 40” means each player has up to 40 minutes to make all of his/her moves, so a full game could last as long as 80 minutes under Game 40 conditions.
Event Schedule:
Scholastic Sections All played at Game-40, with 5-second time delay
- Round 1:  10 AM
- Rounds 2-4:  Played as soon as possible after the previous round ends  

Open Section:  Rounds begin at the following times ...
- Round 1:  10 AM, Game-45, with 5-second time delay

- Round 2:  12:15 PM, same as Round 1
- Round 3:  2:30 PM, Game-60, with 5 second time delay
- Round 4:  5:30 PM, same as Round 3

Awards:  1st & 2nd Place (Gold Medal); 3rd & 4th Place (Silver);  5th & 6th (Bronze) in all 3 Sections.  Participation Ribbons to Scholastic Section participants.

For more information contact:

Andrew Rea


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